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Federal, Policy

Banks will collect billions in fees on PPP small business loans, according to a new report

July 6, 2020

Via: Fortune

The Paycheck Protection Program, designed to save jobs and stimulate the economy by providing forgivable loans to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus, is also creating another winner: banks. Banks that made the government-guaranteed PPP loans to small businesses are […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications, Wireless Infrastructure

Domestic 5G development at core of US communications security plan

July 2, 2020

Via: CSO Online

In late March, during the first phase of the coronavirus lockdown, the White House issued a little-noticed document entitled The National Strategy to Secure 5G of the United States, which articulates a “vision for America to lead the development, deployment, […]


Federal, Policy

4.8 Million Jobs Added in June, but Clouds Grow Over Economy

July 2, 2020

Via: The New York Times

Employers brought back millions more workers in June as businesses began to reopen across the country. But the recent surge in coronavirus cases is threatening to stall the economic recovery long before it has reached most of the people who […]


Federal, Networking, Policy, Tech

Small ISPs “stunned” by FCC move to ban Huawei/ZTE gear during pandemic

July 1, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Small Internet service providers are “stunned” that the Federal Communications Commission is enforcing a ban on Huawei and ZTE network gear during the ongoing pandemic. The FCC already voted unanimously in November 2019 to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment in […]


Federal, Policy

New Legislation Would Increase Oversight Over Agency Relocations

July 1, 2020

Via: Government Executive

Democrats in both chambers of Congress on Wednesday introduced legislation requiring greater oversight over proposed agency relocations by requiring making analyses of such proposals available for public review. The Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency of Relocations Act, introduced by Rep. […]


Networking Security, Security

Foreign adversaries likely to exploit critical networking bug, US says

June 30, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Foreign hackers backed by a well-resourced government are likely to exploit a critical vulnerability in a host and VPN and firewall products sold by Palo Alto Networks, officials in the US federal government warned on Tuesday. In worst-case scenarios, the […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Networking, Tech

AT&T brings low-band 5G service to 28 additional US markets

June 30, 2020

Via: TechSpot

Worth highlighting is the fact that we are talking about AT&T’s low-band 5G wireless service which differs greatly from the ultra-fast high-band network that utilizes millimeter wave tech, or what most people typically think of when hearing the term “5G.” […]


Federal, Policy

Senate Defense Policy Bill Would Allow Pay Increases for a Few Federal Tech and Acquisition Jobs

June 29, 2020

Via: Government Executive

The Senate is slated to vote this week on its version of the annual defense policy bill, a must-pass piece of legislation that often acts as a vehicle for governmentwide workforce policy changes and this year includes provisions ensuring federal […]


Federal, Policy

U.S. Halts High-Tech Exports to Hong Kong Over Security Concerns

June 29, 2020

Via: The New York Times

The Trump administration placed new restrictions on U.S. exports of defense equipment and certain high-technology products to Hong Kong on Monday, in response to a new Chinese law aimed at tightening Beijing’s control over the territory. The administration determined in […]


Federal, Policy, State & Local

California set to ban all heavy diesel trucks and vans by 2045

June 26, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The days of diesel delivery trucks and vans in California are numbered. On Thursday, the state’s Air Resources Board adopted a new rule that will phase out these most polluting of vehicles from the state over the next quarter-century. Beginning […]